Check into the luxurious Centara Grand, where the service is impeccable and the views fantastic. Located in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping district, six upmarket shopping malls are within walking distance of this five-star hotel. It offers two of the city’s best restaurants, Red Sky, an urban bistro on the 55th floor, and Uno Mas, a buzzy ‘Taste of Spain’ tapas restaurant on the 54th floor, plus two acclaimed rooftop bars. There’s also an award-winning spa, outdoor pool, fitness centre and tennis courts.
Take the shortcut from the 23rd floor of the hotel to the 10th-largest shopping complex in the world, CentralWorld. My favourite passions are food, shopping and foot spas, and all are well catered for in this seven-storey behemoth. There are 500 shops, two department stores (Zen and Isetan), a cinema complex, plus 90 restaurants and cafés. Make sure you give yourself a few hours to check this place out.
Bangkok’s skyscraper rooftop bars and restaurants are legendary, so head on up to Red Sky on the hotel’s 55th floor for an evening of amazing views, food and mind-boggling cocktails – be sure to try the signature passionfruit martini. Made with vodka, passionfruit, mint leaves and a foam cap, it’s like having dessert before your meal. Chef Alan Wesley Kwan’s menu is an east-meets-west affair, with dishes like the Surf & Turf Tower – a three-tiered platter of wagyu beef, lamb cutlets, Maine lobster, prawns, Alaskan king crab and US scallops. It’s not cheap, but hey – how often do you get to dine with your head in the clouds?
Finish your night in style at one of the world’s highest alfresco Champagne bars – CRU. Mixologists will whip up great cocktails, but if you love your bubbles you can try a flute of 1998 Taittinger, a 2009 Bollinger or G.H. Mumm No.1 Pink – an exclusive drop only available in Thailand at this bar. Yes please!